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Buck's Bar Dome

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Adhesion TR 
Amazing Chimney TR 
Awful Width TR 
Bat Crack Left T,TR 
Bat Crack Right TR 
Bat Roof T,TR 
Bat Roof Direct TR 
Batman Can't Fly T,TR 
Beginner's Cracks T,TR 
Candy Corn Boulder T 
Chamberlin's Chimney T,TR 
Dan's Delight T,TR 
Dinkum T,TR 
Drastical T 
Dreamer TR 
Dreamer to Planned Obsolescence Traverse 
Fingerprint TR 
Fly or Die TR 
Great Chimney TR 
Khazad Arete TR 
Knob Job TR 
Lap Dancing TR 
Live and Learn T 
Magic Beans T 
Mangler T,TR 
Nightmare TR 
Palm Beach TR 
Planned Obsolescence T,TR 
Pod, The T,TR 
Popcorn T,TR 
Robin's Attic  T 
Squeeze Cheeze TR 
Test Piece T,TR 
Training Pants T,TR 
Triscuit Rock TR 
Unconquerable T,TR 
Unconquerable Tunnel Through T 
Whatchamadigit Crack T,TR 

Buck's Bar Dome Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.6489, -120.70645 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Aron Quiter on May 28, 2003


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This traditional section of Cosumnes River Gorge is a shorter version of the larger Gutenberger wall across the way. This area features cracks and face climbs from 20 - 50 feet in length that are almost all traditional routes, with some tougher top rope options available as well. Difficulty ranges from 5.1 -5.12, depending on what you're looking for. You will also find an abundance of chimneys on Bucks Bar Dome, which are all quite fun.

This is a great place to be in the afternoon when the areas move into the shade.

All routes can be lowered off or walked off, depending on your preference.

Getting There 

From the path directions for the area, this is the first rock that you come to down the path. As you head down the path you will come across the un-indentifiable top of the dome. You canwalk to the edge here where you will find top anchors and rappel, or you can walk around the far side (about 100 yards) and walk down the path. As the path heads down to the stream in a small gully, you will find the cracks of Buck's Bar Dome to your left.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.0 miles from here

38 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',27],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Buck's Bar Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Buck's Bar Dome:
Amazing Chimney   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 45'   
Magic Beans   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 50'   
Live and Learn   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
Chamberlin's Chimney   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Squeeze Cheeze   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 30'   
Test Piece   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Unconquerable   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Drastical   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 30'   
Knob Job   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 30'   
Mangler   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Dinkum   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Bat Roof   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Triscuit Rock   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, 20'   
Fly or Die   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Adhesion   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Bat Crack Left   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, TR, 40'   
Bat Roof Direct   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     TR, 35'   
Fingerprint   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Nightmare   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Fly or Die 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Buck's Bar Dome
Fly or Die lies on the right side of the Main Area, just left of the easier climb Beginners Cracks. Start beneath the obvious downward and left facing flake. A long reach up and over left to the bottom of the crescent flake is the crux of the climb. Thin face climbing leads from the crescent up to knobs to the top. There are several fun variations for the upper section. From the crescent flake, step left onto the blank face. Move left another move or so to the small knobs and climb straigh...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Austin Hoag
Feb 16, 2016
There is a large, loose rock just cliff-side of the tree you might use to rap down to the anchors for Dinkum, Lap Dancing, or the Pod. Beware if you are walking around up there or planning to rap down as I did.
By Preston H
From: my car
Oct 27, 2013
Just climbed at Buck's Bar for the first time and it was very enjoyable. I just wanted to say that you should not let the fact that this is a mostly top rope area fool you into being casual as you approach the top rope anchors from above the dome. If you plan to climb Unconquerable or any of the Bat Crack lines, it would not be unwise to set up a natural anchor from a tree (maybe 30-40' from the anchors) above the dome as you approach from the main trail, if for nothing else then just for balance as you descend. The last few feet is a little sketchy and bare. I set up the anchors anyways without protection from above, but I can see how a party expecting a casual day of top-roping might be surprised to find that the walk down to those anchors is a climb in itself, exposed too. The approaches to the anchors for Test Piece and Beginner Cracks are safer and have a nice big ledge to clip the bolts from. We also packed out a surprising amount of trash, cans, butts, as well as several tags from metolius and black diamond products, obviously left by climbers. Looking forward to frequenting this crag when I visit my family in California.
By sulli
From: Lake Tahoe, Ca
Feb 12, 2014
For anyone pondering, like I did, whether you can just throw down a pad and boulder these short lines, ... the answer is; not really. These lines, despite being short, are not boulder problems. If you climb here without a rope, these are free solos. The landings are sketchy, a ground fall here will likely result in something broken. And falling from some of the stuff further down into the canyon could result in one literally rolling into the river and being washed away.
Bring a rope and a partner :)

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